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Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about smoothies. These seem to be so popular these days. They are advertised as healthy meal replacements and snacks. Even McDonald’s is in on the trend! As you probably can guess, I’m not a fan! Most of these smoothies are, quite simply, “sugar bombs.” They come in huge sizes (40oz!) and are often full of added sugar.

Even smoothies that sound healthy (for example,a Kale Ginger Apple) are full of sugar. Notice how much kale goes into the smoothie versus apples and apple juice. Worse, some stores use “natural flavorings” or “fruit concentrate.” Translation – more sugar. Some offer “added protein” – often in the form of a small dollop of yogurt, which doesn’t add more than 2-3 grams of protein.

If you find a shop that uses real fruit, look at the amount that is put in a typical smoothie. Often you’ll see five, six, or even eight pieces of fruit go into the blender. While I’m a huge proponent of eating fruit – that’s A LOT at once. Fruit should be eaten in single servings. No need to blend so many of them together into a drink. Instead of having a ginger kale apple smoothie, how about have an apple, and then enjoy a kale salad with a ginger dressing?

If you do enjoy smoothies, I highly recommend making your own at home. That way you know exactly what’s going into them. Better yet, have a bowl of fruit and another of mixed nuts on your counter. An apple and a handful of almonds is always going to be a better choice than a “mocha-frappa-kale-apple-passion fruit” smoothie!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!